Illinois Central in Chicago; 1941

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Illinois Central in Chicago; 1941
Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4:29 PM

I follow the listings of photographs from the John W. Barriger III Collection on Flickr and saw this recent addition of photographs from March of 1941 which is apparently a survey of I-C facilities and trackage in the Chicago area particularly the Lakefront.

It's a shame that some of these photos are not a little larger or sharper but it is a good review and worth a look for anyone interested in seeing trackage, industries and facilities in that area. If you have decent image manipulating software you can "enhance" some of the smaller snapshots.

Here's an example of a random shot that I cleaned up a bit:

 IC_Chicago41 by Edmund, on Flickr

There are some great views of the trackage of the St. Charles Air Line here, too.

Regards, Ed

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:00 AM
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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:10 AM

Times have definitely changed.  The beer sign has been replaced by the Prudential Building and the Standard Oil Building.  Millenium Park now occupies most of the freight yard.  The only tracks still in service are for the Metra Electric and NICTD into Randolph Street.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Nicholas Fry on Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:43 PM

Hi Ed,

I'm glad you like these.  We've created individual images from the 183 photos and captions and uploaded them after the last page of the first batch.  We're still only working from the small original prints, but they're now a bit easier to zoom in with the flickr interface.  The first image is here: 


-Nick Fry

Curator, John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, February 23, 2018 7:58 PM

Nicholas Fry
Enjoy! -Nick Fry Curator, John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library 

You folks are doing a fantastic job there! The American Car & Foundry album alone is priceless. I was contacted by the daughter of Robert G. Lewis after I had mentioned the album at the Model Railroader site after his photographs appeared on your Flickr site.

Thankfully, through your efforts, these images can be viewed and enjoyed by many.

Thank You, again, Ed



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